Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is in the middle of a controversy yet again. After being embroiled in the Yamuna floodplain row, his alleged comments on Malala Yousafzai and Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday has got him trending on Twitter.
The 59-year-old guru reportedly said:
I was in the past offered the Nobel Peace Prize, but I had rejected it as I only believe in working and not in being honoured for my work. We should always honour only to those who deserve it and I am totally against honouring Malala Yousafzai with the prize and it is of no use.
He made this statement when he was in Latur on Saturday to review the drought situation in Marathwada and was asked by a journalist whether he was interested in getting a Nobel price for peace.
So while the whole world cheers for Malala Yousafzai, Sri Sri's displeasure about the matter was clearly apparent when he said:
What is the importance of an award when it is being presented to a 16 year old girl, without even looking at what she has contributed
However, Art of Living foundation has responded with the following tweet:
Twitter obviously took no time in ripping him apart, with almost no takers for Sri Sri's 'Nobel' claims
They don't just 'offer' you the Nobel, Sri Sri. Only if your noble enough to understand that. https://t.co/JIb2r8c47W— Lepidopterophobic (@IchhadhariNaag) May 2, 2016
Some wondered what this could set off:
still laughing at Sri Sri's "Nobel Peace Prize."Whats next - Formula 1 1st place for Salman Khan? Booker Prize for literature for Smriti?— (ne.h.a) (@threeinchfooll) May 2, 2016
For some the Yamuna controversy is still fresh
This noble cheapskate who 'declined' the Nobel Prize is yet to cough up 4.75 crores to NGT & clear the Yamuna mess https://t.co/Bo9kiNT3w6— Chirpy Indian (@IndianPrism) May 2, 2016
Some were just happy to call him out on his statement
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the best humble bragger in the world! He's just TOO GOOD to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. https://t.co/9zyBnNcvTP— Govind Acharya (@gringostani) May 2, 2016
Some feel he may prefer a desi award over an international one